Joseph Summer composer
Kathryn Guthrie soprano; Miroslav Sekera piano
Kellie Van Horn mezzo-soprano; John McGinn piano
Justin Vickers tenor; Andrea Chenoweth soprano
Chad Sloan baritone; Desiree Maira mezzo-soprano
THE FAIR OPHELIA, the second installment on Navona Records’ The Shakespeare Concerts Series, features works by composer Joseph Summer that are inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark! With Shakespeare’s texts accompanied with music by Brahms, Strauss, Berlioz, Saint-Saëns, Schumann, and Joseph Summer, this album for vocal and chamber music consists of diverse settings that present the listener with an opportunity to hear Ophelia in a three dimensional perspective. Summer’s works have been described as “[varying] in mood and compositional technique from piece to piece, but always beautifully expressive and deeply emotional” (Shakespeare Matters).